Dallas may outlaw the selling of dogs and cats at pet businesses
A Great Pyrenees is saved from a puppy mill in Arkansas. Photo: Lance Murphey/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States
City officials are considering a ban on dog and cat sales at pet stores, which would impede a system that promotes irresponsible breeders for mass-producing pups.
Hundreds of animals are imported into Dallas each year from out-of-state puppy mills, many of them are just 8 weeks old and unwell.
Context: Nine Texas localities, including Austin and Fort Worth, have such restrictions in place, and Dallas backed legislation that would have made a similar prohibition nationwide.
Meanwhile, 90 percent of the dogs and cats that Dallas Animal Services takes in each year are looking for homes.
According to a presentation made this month to the quality of life, arts, and culture committee, a restriction on pet store sales will "help Dallas Animal Services by pushing the local pet market towards shelters and rescues."